This is the sixth of a seven-part series starting Sunday and ending Saturday, the first day of LSU's spring football practice.
- Donnie Alexander, senior
- Devin Voorhies, senior
- Chance Barney, senior (walk-on)
- Lost from 2016: Kendell Beckwith (exhausted eligibility)
- Devin White, sophomore
- Layton Garnett, RS freshman (walk-on)
- Jonathan Rucker, senior (walk-on)
- Lost from 2016: Duke Riley (exhausted eligibility)
- Corey Thompson, senior
- Michael Divinity, sophomore
- Ray Thornton, RS freshman
- M.J. Patterson, senior
- Lost from 2016: Tashawn Bower (exhausted eligibility)
*The Buck-OLB position is listed with the defensive line position preview
Spring movement: LOW
The movement here, if any, should come during preseason camp, though White and Alexander seem to have a firm grasp on the starting gigs.
The depth at inside linebacker, as you notice above, is thin. In fact three of the six inside linebackers listed are walk-ons. They'll get second and third-string reps this spring.
Some of them could see first-string reps. The status of Voorhies and Alexander is still not completely clear. Both are excepted to be limited because of shoulder injuries, but coach Ed Orgeron said earlier this week that both will practice. Garnett joined as a preferred walk-on last year, and Rucker has seen time on special teams units in the past.
Thompson is a fifth-year senior who's career has been plagued by injury. He's expected to be healthy now and maintain a part-time role. The F-linebacker is only used in LSU's base 3-4 defense. The Tigers spent much of last season with an extra defensive back, the nickel package.
Divinity played the position last season, but, again, LSU rarely used it outside of games against Wisconsin and Arkansas - pro-style teams. A chiseled product, Thornton is receiving some rave reviews out of offseason workouts, and he's poised to be a difference maker in the near future. He may be playing both outside linebacker spots - the F and the Buck, Arden Key's spot. Orgeron mentioned him, Sci Martin and Andre Anthony as players likely filling in for Key this spring.
This is where the fun should really begin.
Two of the nation's most highly touted inside linebacker prospects signed with the Tigers in February: Jacob Phillips and Tyler Taylor. Orgeron and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda haven't hidden this fact: the two of them are expected to play and potentially start.
LSU Spring Practice Position Previews
- Sunday: Quarterbacks
- Monday: Defensive line
- Tuesday: Receivers and tight ends
- Wednesday: Secondary
- Thursday: Backfield
- Friday: Linebackers
- Saturday: Offensive line